The New Garmin® Oregon® Series

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  1. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Hmm, looks interesting...

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    http://garmin.blogs.com/my_weblog/2...camera-the-new-garmin-oregon-series-pack.html

    "And with its high-sensitivity, WAAS/GLONASS enabled GPS receiver and HotFix® satellite prediction, Oregon locates users position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. When using GLONASS satellites, the time it takes for the receiver to “lock on” to a position is (on average) approximately 20 percent faster than using GPS. And when using both GPS and GLONASS, the receiver has the ability to lock on to 24 more satellites than using GPS alone."

    "The new Oregon’s are expected to be available in Q1 2013 and will have a suggested retail price of $399.99 (600), $479.99 (600t), $479.99 (650) $549.99 (650t). Oregon is the latest solution from Garmin’s growing outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether it’s Golfing, Hiking, Hunting or Geocaching, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiast of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, go to http://www.garmin.com/us/products/onthetrail/, www.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin.

    This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained."

    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=145&pID=113548
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  2. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    That does look cool. I wonder what the screen dimensions are.
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    Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 2.4" x 4.5" x 1.3" (6.1 x 11.4 x 3.3 cm)
    Display size, WxH: 1.5"W x 2.5"H (3.8 x 6.3 cm); 3" diag (7.6 cm)
    Display resolution, WxH: 240 x 400 pixels
    Display type: transflective color TFT touchscreen
    Weight: 7.4 oz (209.8 g) with batteries
    Battery: rechargeable NiMH pack (included) or 2 AA batteries (not included); NiMH or Lithium recommended
    Battery life: 16 hours
    Waterproof: yes (IPX7)
    Floats: no
    High-sensitivity receiver: yes
    Interface: high-speed USB and NMEA 0183 compatible
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  4. byways

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    16-hour battery life with two AAs?
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  5. Emmbeedee

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    They are likely quoting 16 hours for the NiMh battery which would be pretty good, but would likely include full battery saving mode.
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    Can you tell yet what are the big differences between this and the Montana?
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    Immediately, screen size/resolution and price.
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    Glonass, transflective color TFT touchscreen and backlit lcd illumination, 8mp camera, smaller size than Montana, but I think this can only ever really be a handheld since it looks like it uses mini usb as a power source.
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  9. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    I noticed that navigation is screen only, meaning no voice prompts.
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    mbabc Curmudgeon trainee

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    Never going back to that. Montana rugged mount for me.
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    I've been thinking about this new Oregon's power supply - they must have added some provision for powering it since it's got a NiMH battery in it. I'd find it a little hard to believe they didn't since it has a built in flashlight, and a camera flash. And it's got much faster Wireless (Bluetooth!) capabilities.

    Damn, that is one interesting piece of equipment. Too bad there are no manuals available for it yet.
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  12. atlas cached

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    I suspect the next Montana will have all the advanced features of the new Oregon 6xx, while retaining externally powered mounts and voice navigation :)
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  13. Emmbeedee

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    It has Bluetooth - hopefully it can connect to intercom headsets like the Scala and Sena.
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  14. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    That would certainly make it more usable for on-road navigation. Personally, I have no interest in ever going to bluetooth, because one of my pet peeves is having to chase after keeping batteries charged, and that is part of having a wireless unit stuck on a helmet. No thanks. YMMV.

    OTOH, if they make a mount for it that offers audio output, then that wouldn't be such a bad thing. Oh, except the mini-USB power is a concern. Hmm.
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    Actually, the battery life on the current crop of BT headsets is quite good. I've got a Sena SMH10 and an Interphone F5 and both will go a full day on a charge while constantly streaming music.
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  16. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Glad to hear that. My past experience with battery powered things has been that on multi-day trips where camping is involved, it is just too much of a PIA to keep batteries charged, rotated, etc. All my gizmos are powered off the bike now, and that simplifies life by removing a layer of tracking and maintenance activity that I don't miss at all. I applaud those who manage and don't mind, but I'm not going "there" again. :1drink
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  17. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I wouldn't get it based purely on the poor screen resolution. My last trail GPS was a Delorme PN-40SE, and (besides the fact that it's a total POS), the screen size was so small that it's unusuable unless you're totally stopped. And even then, you just can't see enough detail for it to be useful.

    If you already have a Zumo on your bike, I think the best addition is an iPad Mini or a 7" Android table (which is quite a bit cheaper), either with the max available storage. Then look up the Trimble Outdoors My Topo Navigator app. There you have access to some very nice detailed vector maps, and also rasterized USGS topographical maps (both 1:100k and 1:24k resolution), which can be downloaded and stored for offline use. The smaller tablets fit into the map pocket of most tank bags.

    Rob
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  18. Albie

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    On multi-day trips, I just plug in my phone and headset before I go to sleep for the night, they're both fully charged in the AM. Takes all of 10 seconds to plug or disconnect, I'd hardly call it a maintenance activity. Not like I haven't done this same thing everyday of my life since owning a cell phone. :lol3
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  19. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    And when the campground does not have electricity, or there happens to be a lot going on and one forgets, or the heat really kills batteries quickly, then hopefully the second battery is still ok, let's see, when was the last time it was charged, hmm, been a while I guess, maybe I can make it half a day on that partial charge, meanwhile charging the other battery off of the bike as I ride, hoping it will get up to full charge before this one dies, hell, did I not get the charging plug in all the way? Crap. Yeah, no worries. :rolleyes

    :lol3

    But really, like I said above, your mileage may vary, and if you're ok with batteries, then I wish you all the best of luck in the world with them. :freaky
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    Setting yourself up for failure?

    Two Words:

    Solar. Panel.
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